Surrey Art Gallery Exhibitions
Exhibitions in the Surrey Art Gallery are drawn from and respond to predominant activity in the contemporary art community. They bring into critical context works by diverse artists with shared concerns or respond to specific issues within culture or the surrounding community.
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Opening September 20
Flora and Fauna: 400 Years of Artists Inspired by Nature
Organized by the National Gallery of Canada
Nature has been an enduring subject for artists across time and cultures. From the ancient garden frescoes at Pompeii to Dutch still-lifes, 19th century botanical studies and 21st century land art projects, nature has been either a simple fact of life or a source of curiosity, consolation, and spiritual regeneration. Flora and Fauna: 400 Years of Artists Inspired by Nature explores the natural world through paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, and crafted objects. Responding to the richness and diversity of plant life and the creatures that occupy natural spaces, the artists in this exhibition express nature’s complexity and fragility in a variety of ways – from the epic and analytical to the detailed and intimate. This exceptionally varied exhibition, drawn mainly from the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, features 74 works dating from the 16th to the 21st centuries. Presenting a wide variety of media, scale, and style, it features the work of many great Canadian and international artists, including Shary Boyle, Jim Breukelman, Aganetha and Richard Dyck, Frederick Evans, Lucian Freud, Lorraine Gilbert, Geoffrey James, and Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
Truth and Beauty and Floral Forms:
Selections from two photo series by Scarlet Black
September 20 to December 14, 2014
Opening Reception: September 20, 7:30pm
Scarlet Black not only looks at the world closely through her camera, she thinks about the story her photos tell us about ourselves. She writes, “Artists are about ‘truth telling,’ and they use both the good and bad in their lives for their art.” She is no stranger to difficult experiences, but her photos do not focus on darkness. Rather darkness becomes a background, a useful devise and an inspiration to bring focus and value to what is light and beautiful. Her series of images brings to mind a latin phrase, "merces profundo pulchrior evenit", that loosely means: despite the depths of adversity, beauty will emerge, like gold refined by fire. On view are selections from two larger series of photos. These portraits of nature were mostly taken in the parks and gardens in Surrey.
Cascadia: a Juried Exhibition of West Coast Flora and Fauna
August 23 to November 16, 2014
Opening Reception: September 20, 7:30pm
Cascadia showcases the art of more than thirty artists from Surrey and the surrounding region who are exploring the biological diversity and ecology of the West Coast. Organized by the Arts Council of Surrey and presented in conjunction with the upcoming National Gallery exhibition Flora and Fauna: 400 Years of Artists Inspired by Nature.
Open Sound 2014: Sonorous Kingdom
Open Sound 2014: Sonorous Kingdom presents three sound art installations that examine the relationship between vegetation and sound. This year’s artists are Stephanie Loveless, Matt Smith, and Paul Walde. Open Sound is an exhibition program developed in 2008 to support the production and presentation of audio art forms as part of contemporary art practice.
Matt Smith: BogScape
February 21 to January 4, 2015
Surrey-based Matt Smith creates a ‘naturalistic’ sound installation based on data gathering systems, such as traffic counters, located in or near Burns Bog. This artwork, BogScape, invites the listener to reconsider the limits of landscape, and the relationship between information and nature.
Stephanie Loveless: Cricket, Tree, Crow
July 12 to January 4, 2015
Stephanie Loveless' installation Cricket, Tree, Crow is a quadraphonic sound piece in three movements that investigates the voices of the cricket, the maple tree, and the crow. All of the sonic material in the work is based on her vocal mimicry of the sounds produced by members of these species.
Paul Walde: (for John Cage)
October 17, 2014 to January 2015
American composer John Cage was also an expert mycologist, but often quipped that music and mushrooms have nothing to do with one another except for the fact that they often appear next to each other in the dictionary. Paul Walde’s Indeterminancy (launching September 20) and Myclophonia (launching October 17) combine Cage’s interests in mushrooms and music to put Cage's assertions to the test, while examining Cagean concepts of silence, indeterminacy through graphic notation, spore prints and live performances.
Robert Davidson: Supernatural Eye
November 28, 2013 into March 2015
Inspired by the many supernatural beings that dwell in Haida Gwaii, this large-scale aluminum sculpture’s graceful contours and bold colour combine the traditional visual iconography of Haida art with a contemporary aesthetic. The sculpture was commissioned by Polygon Homes, and is on exhibit at the Gallery until its permanent home is ready.